Topic: Open Educational Resources
Open educational resources are high quality teaching, learning and research materials that are freely accessible to all. Using OER in K-12 and postsecondary education creates more accessible and equitable educational opportunities. Open licensing allows educators, students and institutions to customize and share resources ─ from a single lesson plan to entire textbooks ─ without cost or copyright restrictions.
Open educational resources are high-quality teaching, learning and research materials made freely accessible to all. This brochure introduces SREB’s initiatives to expand the use of OER in K-12 and postsecondary schools, including state action teams, research and publications, and conferences and webinars.
Faculty and administrators at Arkansas’ 22 community and technical colleges now can tap the network’s training and support for offering free, high-quality classroom resources to students — eliminating students’ textbook costs in some courses.
The number of high schools offering dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment courses has grown significantly over the past decade. However, gaps in student access and participation persist. This report from SREB and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact examines how the use of open educational resources, or OER, can make dual enrollment courses more cost-effective and increase college access for more students. The report provides an overview of policies across 50 states and recommendations on OER adoption and usage.
Momentum grows for open educational resources
After first-ever conference, leaders can tap additional workshops on using OER to support students
SREB continues to build momentum from the first conference of its kind — the Open Educational Resources and Dual Enrollment Conference: Making a Case for Student Success, held in Atlanta in late February — by embarking on more ways to bring education leaders together around this topic.
Gap Analysis and Environmental Scan
Sharing Observations, Priorities, Opportunities in the National OER Landscape
The four regional education compacts—the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, the New England Board of Higher Education, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education—are working together to help scale the adoption and use of open education resources nationally to allow millions students access to free, high-quality learning resources.
States are considering how they can help more students finish college — in an economy that demands higher levels of education and career preparation than ever before.
At SREB’s first conference of its kind, leaders from states, higher education, and K-12 education agencies convened in Atlanta Feb. 24-25.
The main topic was how OER — open educational resources, including high-quality, free textbooks and course materials — and stronger dual enrollment programs could help more students take college and career courses starting in high school.
Expensive textbooks and other classroom materials can keep students from taking dual enrollment courses if those costs aren’t covered.
The result: A lack of opportunity for many students to get a head start on college.
States, colleges and universities are making headway on this challenge. Some of the pacesetters shared their insights in a webinar led by SREB and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in October 2021.
Charlotte Dailey joined SREB in 2021 to lead our work on open educational resources. We spoke with Charlotte about why OER matter and why she works in this field.
For those who don’t know, what are open educational resources and why do they matter to the future of education?
Open educational resources are materials that can be accessed freely. They are openly licensed and available to be reused, remixed, revised, retained or redistributed. Materials that are truly OER have few to no restrictions for use in learning.
Join SREB and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact to learn the findings and recommendations of this forthcoming report.
Open educational resources, or OER, are free, openly licensed, high-quality classroom materials. Expanding their use in dual enrollment courses can help more students afford and succeed in college courses while they are still in high school.
This three-part webinar series explored how using open educational resources in dual enrollment can increase access to postsecondary education for more students.
State leaders, postsecondary education institutions and education leaders are working across state lines to promote the adoption of open educational resources (known as OER) to help millions of students access high quality learning materials that are free to use, customize and share. OER are free for students, and they make it easy for faculty to personalize lessons and textbooks to engage students with fresh, relevant content.
Open Education Resources Can Reduce Cost, Improve Quality
Collaborating to Scale Digital Learning Materials
K-12, college and university leaders are working across state lines to reduce barriers faced by students and to empower faculty with access to a wide range of instructional materials.
This webinar presented early findings from a current study funded by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and the Southern Regional Education Board to examine the current use of open educational resources in dual and concurrent enrollment courses. The webinar also explored best practices and lessons learned from states and dual enrollment partnerships pioneering these efforts.
GA Online Courses for Students, Teachers Available in All States
OER Courses Grades 6 -12 and Training for Teachers on Remote Learning
Available in All States
Georgia’s OER Online Courses, Grades 6 -12, and Free Training for Teachers on Remote Learning
Georgia Virtual’s OER (open educational resource) digital course content for middle grade and high school students and training courses for teachers are freely available to educators in all states thanks to the Georgia Department of Education and its Georgia Virtual Learning program.